Christian folklore http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24661/all en Crowds of Filipinos pray to statue for health, blessings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/crowds-filipinos-pray-statue-health-blessings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MANILA, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of barefoot Filipinos crowded around a black statue of Jesus Christ believed to bring miracles to the faithful, seeking the answer to prayers in a day-long procession through old Manila on Wednesday.</p> <p>Roman Catholic devotees flocked around the carriage with the wooden, life-sized statue known as the "Black Nazarene" as it crawled through the city, praying that a slight touch would bless them, healing their illnesses and those of their relatives.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/crowds-filipinos-pray-statue-health-blessings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Black Nazarene Christian folklore Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 08:45:15 +0000 5732008 at http://www.globalpost.com UN body mulls Dutch 'Black Pete' racism claim http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131019/un-body-mulls-dutch-black-pete-racism-claim <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN human rights body is mulling whether a Dutch caricature called "Black Pete" who accompanies Saint Nicholas during a traditional children's festival is racist, a media report said Saturday.</p> <p>A committee of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is assessing responses to a letter sent to the Dutch government early this year, the NRC Handelsblad reported.</p> <p>Black Pete, or "Zwarte Piet" in Dutch, traditionally accompanies Saint Nicholas at a festival on the third Saturday of November, when he officially "arrives" in The Netherlands in a gift-filled boat from Spain.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131019/un-body-mulls-dutch-black-pete-racism-claim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Culture Folklore Technology AFP Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:17:53 +0000 5965296 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch fury over UN body's 'Black Pete' racism charge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131023/dutch-fury-over-un-bodys-black-pete-racism-charge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Facebook petition supporting a Dutch Christmas character called "Black Pete" on Wednesday hit a million 'likes', revealing the liberal nation's attachment to a beloved figure the UN has warned may be racist. </p> <p>Anger over the issue has swept the Netherlands after a UN human rights body said it was assessing whether "Zwarte Piet", who accompanies Saint Nicholas during a traditional children's festival before Christmas, is racist.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131023/dutch-fury-over-un-bodys-black-pete-racism-charge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christianity Folklore Religion Social Issues AFP Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:17:01 +0000 5968643 at http://www.globalpost.com Hundreds march in Netherlands to support 'racist Black Pete' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131026/hundreds-march-netherlands-support-racist-black-pete <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hundreds of people marched in the Netherlands on Saturday to show their support for "Black Pete", the traditional Christmas sidekick of Saint Nicholas, who has been labelled as racist by critics.</p> <p>"Up to 500 people protested for two-and-a-half hours in Malieveld," a park in the centre of The Hague, police spokesman Cor Spruijt told AFP.</p> <p>"Some 40 people were dressed as Black Pete," he added.</p> <p>"Black Pete" accompanies Saint Nicholas during a children's festival on December 5, when the Dutch give gifts to each other.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131026/hundreds-march-netherlands-support-racist-black-pete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Social Issues AFP Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:16:45 +0000 5971717 at http://www.globalpost.com Amsterdam to welcome Saint Nicholas and 'racist' Black Pete http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131030/amsterdam-welcome-saint-nicholas-and-racist-black-pete <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Amsterdam will next month stage the traditional arrival of Saint Nicholas and his helper "Black Pete", despite objections that the jolly sidekick is a racist symbol.</p> <p>"The permit allowing Saint Nicholas' arrival in Amsterdam will not be revoked," the capital's mayor Eberhard van der Laan said in a letter.</p> <p>Van der Laan's response comes after the city received 21 formal complaints from Dutch citizens earlier this month. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131030/amsterdam-welcome-saint-nicholas-and-racist-black-pete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christianity Religion Santa Claus AFP Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:36:20 +0000 5975436 at http://www.globalpost.com Protesters shun 'racist' Black Pete in Amsterdam festival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131117/protesters-shun-racist-black-pete-amsterdam-festival <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tens of thousands of people crowded Amsterdam's streets on Sunday to watch the traditional holiday arrival of Saint Nicholas as a handful joined a silent protest against his sidekick "Black Pete", which they said was a racist symbol.</p> <p>The debate over Black Pete has reached a fever pitch in the last weeks in the Netherlands, highlighting the issue of racism in a country that prides itself on open-minded values. It has even sparked a UN rights probe.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131117/protesters-shun-racist-black-pete-amsterdam-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christianity Folklore Religion AFP Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:16:39 +0000 5991673 at http://www.globalpost.com Nova Scotia Liberal breaks down in discussing photo of blackface character http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131202/nova-scotia-liberal-removes-photo-himself-blackface-christma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia politician fought back tears Monday as he discussed a photo showing him sitting on the lap of a blackface Christmas character, telling the province's African community he's sorry for any offence and wants to be part of a conversation about whether Zwarte Piet has a place in the Dutch community's holiday celebrations.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131202/nova-scotia-liberal-removes-photo-himself-blackface-christma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Culture Folklore Joachim Stroink Politics Social Issues The Canadian Press Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:04:47 +0000 6006592 at http://www.globalpost.com Ho, ho, holy cow - Santa gets fighter escort on U.S. military site http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131203/ho-ho-holy-cow-santa-gets-fighter-escort-us-military-site <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Simpson</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military website showing Santa Claus delivering his presents while guarded by warplanes has some children's advocates worried.</p> <p>In a twist to its tradition of tracking an animated version of Santa Claus' sleigh and reindeer as he flies around the globe on December 24, the military is adding the animated fighter plane escort to give a realistic feel to the popular feature, said a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131203/ho-ho-holy-cow-santa-gets-fighter-escort-us-military-site" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christmas traditions Folklore Technology War Thomson Reuters Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:21:24 +0000 6007902 at http://www.globalpost.com Santa Claus arrives at Kansai airport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/131204/santa-claus-arrives-at-kansai-airport <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Santa Claus arrived at Kansai airport from Finland on Wednesday, three weeks before Christmas, in the first visit to the airport in western Japan in five years by a Santa recognized by the Finnish government-backed Santa Claus Foundation.</p> <p> Emerging from a Finnair plane, Santa told reporters that he chose to take a plane to Kansai because there was no snow in the area, making it impossible to use his sleigh pulled by reindeers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2013 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/131204/santa-claus-arrives-at-kansai-airport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Nuclear energy in Japan Tōhoku region Kyodo News International Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:46:09 +0000 6008497 at http://www.globalpost.com New Mexico teacher on leave after telling black student Santa is white http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131216/new-mexico-teacher-leave-after-telling-black-student-santa-whit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Zelie Pollon</p> <p>SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A New Mexico high school teacher who questioned an African American student's decision to dress up as Santa Claus on the grounds that the mythical North Pole figure was white has been put on paid administrative leave, an official said on Monday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131216/new-mexico-teacher-leave-after-telling-black-student-santa-whit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christmas Folklore Thomson Reuters Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:42:23 +0000 6021992 at http://www.globalpost.com Museum wants UNESCO listing for German Father Christmas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131217/museum-wants-unesco-listing-german-father-christmas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A German museum has applied for UNESCO heritage status for the country's traditional Father Christmas, saying he is under threat from the cheery version of Santa Claus popularised globally by Coca-Cola.</p> <p>The German Christmas Museum's director Felicitas Hoeptner argues today's Santa Claus is based on a German gift-giver who meted out both treats and punishment, but that knowledge of the figure's origins is fading away.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131217/museum-wants-unesco-listing-german-father-christmas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christmas Folklore Religion AFP Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:43:00 +0000 6022877 at http://www.globalpost.com Finnish Santa Claus wants to go global, all year round http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131221/finnish-santa-claus-wants-go-global-all-year-round <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As a brand, Santa Claus has one major flaw: he is only really valuable a few weeks at the end of each year. In Finland, they're trying to do something about this.</p> <p>Petri Paarnio, director of Santa Claus Licencing, the firm that holds the rights to market the Santa Claus name in Finland, wants to see him bring joy to children's hearts but also to generate business -- all year round and all around the world, starting with China.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131221/finnish-santa-claus-wants-go-global-all-year-round" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christmas Petri Paarnio Santa Claus AFP Sun, 22 Dec 2013 04:16:06 +0000 6026776 at http://www.globalpost.com Santa cleared for entry to US http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131223/santa-cleared-entry-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Santa Claus was officially cleared for entry into the United States on Monday as federal agriculture officials waived stringent livestock checks on his nine reindeer. </p> <p>The US Department of Agriculture announced in a light-hearted statement that a "Mr. S.Claus" of the North Pole was free to enter the United States with his reindeer from December 24 to December 25.</p> <p>"During this season of giving, USDA wants to do everything in its power to help Santa," said John R. Clifford, USDA's Chief Veterinary Officer. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131223/santa-cleared-entry-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christmas Folklore AFP Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:47:37 +0000 6027895 at http://www.globalpost.com 5 things to know about tracking Santa's journey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131224/5-things-know-about-tracking-santas-journey-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - For kids who can't wait for Santa to arrive, the North American Aerospace Defence Command has a Christmas treat. Visions of sugar plums can be augmented by a check on the fabled fat man's progress around the globe on Christmas Eve. Here are five things to know about the holiday tradition called NORAD Tracks Santa:</p> <p>1. HOW DO YOU FOLLOW SANTA'S PATH?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131224/5-things-know-about-tracking-santas-journey-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian folklore Christmas traditions Folklore Religion Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 24 Dec 2013 22:16:17 +0000 6028707 at http://www.globalpost.com Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140109/barefoot-hordes-spectacular-philippine-catholic-parade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hundreds of thousands of barefoot devotees poured into Manila Thursday for one of the world's biggest Catholic parades honouring an ebony statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers.</p> <p>Braving the crowds and suffocating heat, pilgrims clambered over one another to touch the Black Nazarene statue during its slow procession of six kilometres (nearly four miles) from the Philippine capital's main park to a historic church.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140109/barefoot-hordes-spectacular-philippine-catholic-parade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Black Nazarene Christian folklore Religion Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines Social Issues AFP Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:16:12 +0000 6038683 at http://www.globalpost.com